June 22, 2008.
"Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing."
Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
Helen Keller once said, "Life is a daring adventure - or nothing." I couldn't agree more. Life should be a rousing, exhilarating, breath taking adventure ride where we constantly push ourselves to the limit, always seeking to do more, see more and be more.
Anything less is, well, simply less.
Yet many never catch a glimpse of what our lives could be. The vast majority of us take very few risks, opting instead to play it safe. Scared to death of failing or falling down, we never really push ourselves all that hard. Preferring to remain in our comfy zones, where we feel safe and secure, we rarely venture very far out of our cocoons.
And we rarely taste the best life has to offer.
"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult."
That doesn't mean we don't dream of a better life; because we most certainly do. As a matter of fact, most of us constantly dream about living a better life, a fuller life, a much more rewarding and richer life. And these dreams are good. But it takes more than just dreaming to make our dreams come true.
It takes action; bold, courageous, daring action.
In order to achieve greatly, we must push ourselves well beyond our present boundaries, to venture out into the unknown that lies before us. And that takes courage, the willingness to cast aside our fears and reservations and boldly dare to be the best we're capable of becoming.
"Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare."
If we're ever going to get where we've dreamed of going, we must dare to be great. Not OK, average or middle of the road good, but the absolute best we can be. And that's going to require that we take some chances. And that's where the majority abandons ship.
Taking any kind of chance whatsoever literally petrifies these folks, chilling them right to the bone. They get so caught up in 'what ifs' that they refuse to move, as it they were frozen in place.
What if I fail? What if I make a mistake? What if I'm not able to make it work? The what ifs keep coming and coming, one right after the other. So instead of making a move, they stay right where they are; perpetually stuck in a going nowhere rut.
"It is better to err on the side of daring than the side of caution."
Should we do it - or not do it? Should we take a chance - or play it safe? Should we give it a whirl - or should we sit it out? These are questions we face daily, questions whose answers define who we are, dictate what we do and ultimately determine how far we go in life.
So here are a few more questions for you. Where has 'playing it safe' ever gotten you? Has it got you one step closer to achieving your goals? Has it got you one day closer to fulfilling your destiny? Has it got you one inch closer to making your dreams come true? Chances are better than average that the answers are no, no and no.
There is one thing for certain however; there is no way of knowing how much you can do and how far you can go if you never give life your very best shot. So why not dare to do more, achieve more and be more? Why not dare to take some chances and see where they take you? And why not dare to be great - and make your life everything it deserves to be?
The Bottom Line: Decide where you want to go. Then dare to go there.
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